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June 21, 2010

I Think That I’ve Found My New Training Plan

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:00

First: Happy first day of summer.  Longest day of the year today  🙂

Nope no race on the horizon or anything like that but (and here’s major NERD alert coming) there is a mathematical law to my running that looks like this:

Running α drinks consumed
Running  α 1/sleep

Seriously.  For those of you who aren’t as awesome as me don’t love math that much: that fish symbol means “proportional to” and over the past few years I’ve definitely seen my running go easier / faster when I’m running on no sleep (or very little) and having been out the night before.  Guess that’s something to ponder the next time I’m training for something.

But backing up: this weekend was pretty sweet as I got to meet and run with JESS.  She’s pretty much the nicest person ever too.  She was in Boston for the weekend on a fun trip and, since I live outside the city, I thought it would be cool to run together. I kind of suggested running in jest, she’s A LOT faster than me, but she was up for it and we settled on getting together on Saturday morning.

We ran along the Charles, which as I am not from the city, I had never done before.  And omg it was gorgeous.  I kind of wish I had brought my camera (Jess said the same thing) but I never bring my camera anywhere anymore.  Oops. There were also a lot of runners out running, rowers on the water.  It was kind of weird to see so many people out.  Cool but weird.  Normally when I run at home I rarely see others out.

The actual run itself was great too.  The pace felt really good/easy (and surprise: little sleep the night before!) and we chatted the whole time.   Before we knew it the time had come to turn around and head back to her hotel.  We ended up with 7 miles in pretty much an hour exactly.  When we got back to the hotel her travel mates were all still asleep and we went back out for 2 more miles.  And since they were still asleep when we got back from that we walked up and down Newbury Street for a bit.

It was so much fun getting to meet her and, because she’s so nice, she invited me to hang out with them all day.  I declined as I had to study lots as well as I didn’t want to intrude on their vacation at all.  We did end up hanging out again that night and going out and it was fun to see her in a non-running setting because that’s the only way I knew her before.  Although, you know what was disappointing? No accents.  I know I said this a billion times that night, and her friends must think I’m the most annoying person *ever*, but I was really hoping for some strong accents.  Bummer.

And just to reiterate how awesome she is: she insisted I stay the night in the city so I didn’t have to worry about heading back out to the suburbs.  Amazingly nice (as were all her friends too).

Here’s where the whole “running-is-awesome-on-no-sleep” comes in.  I got back home ~11am.  The sun was out and it was pretty hot (although I feel weird complaining about the heat here as Jess was saying how much *nicer* it is here) but I needed something to refocus me before studying.  I figured that a short run would be good for that (duh — what else would I think?) but I ended up running 14.2 miles.  And fast too. Without getting up and checking what I wrote down my pace was, I’m going to say 8:27 and that sounds right.  I know it was under 8:30.  Ummm what?

Definitely the longest single run I’ve done in awhile as well as easily one of the fastest, if not ever than at least in recent memory.  I didn’t want to stop but thinking about the studying I had to do threw me into a panic and I nixed it. Too bad.  When I’m running well I always want to take advantage because I’m so paranoid that it’s going to go away and never return.

But a great run. Even better because I didn’t see that lady and she has NOT called me yet.  I’m kind of praying she doesn’t at all.  Maybe she forgot my number.  Wouldn’t that be nice.  I loved reading all your advice too about what to do.  Hoping that I don’t need it though.  Although, like I said last time: I’m too damn nice for my own good.

Oh well and  despite having a great run, the rest of the day was spent feeling a bit under the weather.  Apparently, and after all my MCAT studying this little tidbit must have gotten pushed out of my brain, alcohol is dehydrating.  I’m also notoriously bad at hydrating.  And since I love math here’s another equation for you:

alcohol the night before + 90* temps + running – water =/= good.

So I kind of spent the rest of the day recouping and staying low key.  Just as well because I hadn’t done such a long run in awhile nor had I really gone out and stayed out so late in awhile (oh thanks MCAT).  I also have various bruises and other marks from Saturday night which I discovered while lounging about.  Which I do remember getting but in that “ooooooooh yeah” sense.

Third equation:

alcohol + accident prone girl = ouch

But the laying low this was kind of a good thing (as you probably already know that relaxing is not my forte), and I’m trying to see the positive side here, I was able to get some quality studying done that day too.  Which I really should get back too but I keep playing this on repeat.  And it makes me want a dance party.  Real bad.


  1. You definitely should have taken your camera! I always forget, too though! Sounds like you had a FUN weekend! 🙂

    Comment by Jaime — June 21, 2010 @ 14:01

  2. Under 8:30 pace for 14 miles- holy crap!

    And I have the opposite problem. My camera is with me probably 95% of the time. I feel lost without it. BUT, that doesn’t mean I always pull it out for pictures. Many nights go unrecorded because I just have the issue with initially pulling out the camera… so weird.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — June 21, 2010 @ 14:58

  3. some people actually love math? amazing 😉

    Comment by Tricia — June 21, 2010 @ 15:19

  4. So cool that you got to hang out with a fellow runner/blogger! I know you guys had a blast!

    Comment by Rebecca — June 21, 2010 @ 15:32

  5. Sounds like so much fun. I wish I could pick all my blog friends up and kidnap you to Madison for a run.

    Comment by Chelsea — June 21, 2010 @ 16:07

  6. Sub-8:30’s in yesterday’s icky humidity? Sa-weet! Also, I am loving hearing this saga with the heli-mom. Surely if she forgets your phone number she’ll just flag you down in the middle of a run again.

    Hope you don’t mind I’m adding you to my rookie-blogger blogroll. I’ve been lurking your blog for months and leaving comments here and there. I love it! Also I just finished up a post-college year of americorps so I’m excited to hear some deetz on your experience. (You are going to do an americorps thing soon, right? Maybe I imagined that…)

    Comment by Cathleen — June 21, 2010 @ 17:22

    • Don’t mind at all and I reciprocated too 🙂 And yes I’m doing AmeriCorps and I’ll be starting in August

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 21, 2010 @ 22:03

  7. Wow, nice run on lack of sleep + alcohol :). I have had great runs with those conditions when I was younger….

    Going to try another double long run tomorrow. We shall see!!

    Comment by Jill — June 21, 2010 @ 17:39

  8. Super cool to get to run with Jess, her’s was one of the first blogs I started reading. I also always forget my camera and want to kick myself, I decided I needed the newer ipod nano that has a built in camera- solves all problems!

    Comment by Stephanie — June 21, 2010 @ 19:50

  9. Just want to say, I love everything that can be turned into a mathematical rule (which btw, is almost everything).

    Comment by pen (pen at peace) — June 21, 2010 @ 20:19

  10. Wait, I’m confused did you run 23 miles then? 14 + 9?? Or maybe i read wrong? Either way- congrats! Running sounds like it is treating you well lately! 🙂

    Comment by tmart — June 21, 2010 @ 20:42

    • Well I guess technically you did read wrong but it was 9 on Saturday with Jess then 14 on Sunday by myself. And yes running has been treating me well but I’m still missing the real invincible on-top-of-the-world feeling. I want that back hah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 21, 2010 @ 22:05

  11. Seven miles is hard enough but in hot weather? Seriously, I am just so impressed.

    I love Newbury Street…I randomly remember eating at a very good Italian restaurant there, right after I paid an arm and a leg to get my nails done. Fond memories!!

    Comment by Ameena — June 21, 2010 @ 23:14

  12. How cool is it that you got to run with Jess?? Totally awesome!!

    Meanwhile, we miss you on the dailies.

    Comment by The Puerto Rican Kenyan — June 22, 2010 @ 07:32

    • I miss the dailies crew too! I’m going to try to make a comeback but it’s so hard to keep up with everyone these days!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 22, 2010 @ 12:38

  13. I totally had a no-sleep run this morning. My equation worked out a little worse than yours, though. So jealous you got to run with Jess – sounds like a fun time!

    Comment by sarah — June 22, 2010 @ 09:32

  14. Sounds like a really fun day! I hope your equations work for me too cause I’m getting so nervous for my half I don’t think I’ll get much sleep the night before haha

    Comment by Laura — June 22, 2010 @ 10:10

    • I’ve also heard that it’s 2 nights before that sleep is most crucial. So don’t worry, you’ll rock your half 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 22, 2010 @ 12:57

  15. It was so much fun to run with you and hang out with you! Sorry about our disappointing lack of accents. 😉 So impressed by your 14 miles on Sunday. My 6 miler was way slower and crappier than our nice 9 miles on Saturday.

    Comment by Jess — June 22, 2010 @ 11:30

    • Definitely lots of fun. I wish I had had the time to run with you again on Sunday! Oh well I was so happy with how our 9 went anyway. And I suppose I’ll eventually get over the lack of accents 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 22, 2010 @ 13:14

  16. Great job on your running! That’s so fun that you met up with Jess! and got to see her in a non-running setting, I always wondering what bloggers are like in a relaxed/go out setting. I’m also the queen of getting injured while drinking..

    Comment by BostonRunner — June 22, 2010 @ 11:42

    • Amen to getting hurt while drinking haha. Luckily for me “drunk bruises” never seem to hurt too much after the fact (or getting them as well) hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 22, 2010 @ 13:06

  17. sooooooooo fun that you got to run with jess!!! i wish we would have been able to meet up, my schedule was pretty nutso when i was there, but lets definitely meet in april 🙂

    Comment by aron — June 22, 2010 @ 11:52

    • No worries about not meeting up! We just HAVE to meet next April 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 22, 2010 @ 12:44

  18. I’m very jealous Jess choose you and Boston over me and NYC. 🙂 So glad you two connected. Very nice that you were able to hang with her. She would have dusted me. I don’t need to remind you Ms. MCAT, but I will anyway … HYDRATE!!!!!

    Comment by a marathoner — June 22, 2010 @ 15:11

  19. Oh goodness, running without hydrating! Girl! :shakes finger: hahaha! Not only did you not have water but you had alcohol which can dehydrate you. Poor girl that run must’ve been exhausting.

    Comment by feetinmotion — June 22, 2010 @ 21:31

  20. ahhh so cool you got to hang out with jess!!! must have been so much fun – wish i could have hung out w/ you together. i’m a little disappointed as well about the accent though – i thought she’d have a cute li’l drawl 🙂

    just in case you were wondering, i don’t have an accent either (i grew up in philadelphia). do YOU have a boston one?

    Comment by sarah (the SHU box) — June 26, 2010 @ 06:22

    • Aww that would have been so fun if you were here too! And I do not have a Boston accent because I’m from the suburbs. Although her friends her making fun of me for having one. But I think that was because I was a little tipsy hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — June 26, 2010 @ 11:55

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